- Family and Parenting
Naming A Grandmother
What do you call your grandmother? Bubba, Bridie, Grandmother. Grammy, Nonie, Nanna, Mi,Grand-mère, Grand mutter, Grandma-ma. There are a lot of names for grandmothers, Grandmother names just happen don't they?
If you are the youngest you inherit whatever your older cousins and siblings call your grandmother. That puts the stress of a successful name of a grandmother to the first grand child..
We walked into the kids house and there was a bicycle trailer sitting in their living room. Odd! Why is there a children's bicycle trailer sitting there. We admire the trailer then notice a green baby blanket on the seat embroidered with Baby Specht. Does this mean what I think it means? Oh my we are going to be grandparents.
We eat dinner and Skype with my daughter-in-laws parents. She had sent an identical blanket to her parents.. They opened the package and asked if this meant they were going to be grandparents again? Then there was a lot of laughing and joy.
What Do You Want The Baby To Call You
As I mentioned before I thought grand mother names just happened.
Was I wrong. Suddenly everyone wants to know what I want the baby to call me. As the youngest child I called my grandmother what my siblings and cousins called my grandma. She was, "Grandma". Plain and simple. My mom's mother lived in Massachusetts. She was called "Grandma" as well. She was never part of day to day operations,so we were never confused.
My daughter-in-law is from the south where tradition runs deep. Her mom would be Nanna because that was the order of things. Her older grandchildren already called her Nanna.
I hadn't the faintest idea what a grandchild of mine would call me. Kids don't talk for a year or so after birth so I thought I had time. My husband called his Irish grandmother Bridie, short for Bridget. Everyone called her Bridie except her children.. The first time I heard my mother-in-law call her mom I looked around to see who she was talking about. Nobody dared call her anything but Bridie. His German grandmother he called Grammy. I really liked her, so I started telling people "little dude" would call me Grammy.
Grammy is an award and I figured this grandchild my award for raising his dad.
H.J. Starts Talking
H.J.arrived two and a half years ago. When he was 18 months old when you asked him who I was he would say,"Me". We noticed he called his little friend Savannah, "Nah" and grandpa was,"Pa". H.J. was calling me what his mom and dad called me. "Grammy". He couldn't say whole words, so he said the last syllable of words.
Then one day we were playing with the train tracks and he said, "You Mom". I gently said, I am mom, just not your mom. I am your daddy's mom and uncle Matt's Mom and Uncle Uncle's mom. I am your Grammy. He looked at me and said very adamantly. "You Mom". We finally figured out where that came from. When his dad calls me he always says, "Hi Mom, How you doing?" For awhile when my son while driving would call me on speaker phone and I would hear H.J. saying,"Hi Mom, How you do doing?"
H.J. At Two
When H.J. was still two he was playing train track with uncle Matt when he went through the whole "You mom" litany. Matt said the same thing I did. She is my mom and your daddy's mom and uncle uncle's mom, but your Grammy. It was as though he had tested his hypothesis and discovered it correct. He then started calling me Jammy with Gammy sprinkled in occasionally. I got a kick out of being called Jammy. so I would call myself Jammy sometimes.
H.J. At Two And A Half
H.J.'s language is evolving daily. Last week we were camping at a local lake. Ten mile from our house.. H.J. and baby RA spent one night with us. That night H.J. stayed up way past his bed time. Pa had a meeting and didn't get to the camp until 10 pm. All Pa wanted to do was sleep, so we put H.J. on his bed in the trailer. Ra had been asleep for a couple of hours in her crib. The lights had been off for five minutes when we hear a tiny voice say, "O----Man----I'm so scared. H.J. can be a little dramatic.
We were trying not to die laughing. He was very serious. I finally composed myself enough to say"H.J. do you want to come sleep with Jammy and Pa?" A little voice in the dark said, "Yes please". He sleeps just like his dad. I found his feet in my face a couple of times before baby RA woke us at 3;30 am. That is another story.
The next morning Pa was asking H.J. to do something and called me Jammy. H.J. corrected him and said"Granny"
Word Nerdy Family
What can I say, we are a word nerdy family. When I was a kid we sat around the dinner table with my cousins and uncle and played word games. Now H.J. is doing it. This is normal in developing speech. H.J. is a little advanced with his speech, but not as advanced as his friend Nah who is two weeks older and a girl.
He has it in his genes. His mommy's parents, Nanna and Poppi, or Pop- eye as his daddy likes to call his father-in-law, are writers and public speakers.
The naming of a Grandmother apparently can be guided by grandparents, but the ultimate decision is made by the first grand child. Whether H.J. decides to call me Jammy or Grammy it will be his decision. I may be leaning toward Jammy because it's different and I am kind of like that. It will be interesting to see what RA will call me, my guess it will be whatever H.J. decides
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